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Special Programs

TALENTED AND GIFTED PROGRAM

TAG is a program to assist identified gifted students with course selections in both high school and Post Secondary Educational Opportunity Act offerings.  It is intended to enable students to realize their fullest potential through a variety of enrichment and leadership opportunities in the district and community.

The TAG coordinator will meet with identified students regularly to develop educational goals, provide strategies for students learning styles and advocate for the TAG students.  The meetings will be individualized and structured according to the talents and abilities of the students.

In grades 9-12 the following opportunities are provided:

  • Advanced classes and enrichment
  • Dual credit classes for high school and college credit
  • Above level testing for grade 9 through the ACT testing program through Belin-Blank Talent search based on Iowa Assessment scores along with parent/guardian permission
  • Classes centered on creative & productive thinking, leadership abilities, and visual & performing arts along with STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) Project Lead the Way

Your child has demonstrated high achievement or potential ability, or both, in any of the following areas or in combination as designated in Iowa Code:

  •  Intellectual Ability – 95% NPR on Iowa assessments in the area of reading, math, and/or science
  • Creative and Productive Thinking – as demonstrated in the classroom (teacher recommendation)
  • Leadership Ability – as demonstrated int eh classroom and/or the community (teacher recommendation)
  • Visual and Performing Arts Ability – as demonstrated in specific classes focused on this area (teacher recommendation)
  • Specific Ability Aptitude (teacher recommendation)

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact the high school TAG Coordinator Amanda DeWulf.

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Each student identified as having unique educational needs will have an Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) developed for him/her.  These students are identified through diagnostic evaluation.  Recommendations are made for appropriate placement and programming through a team effort of parents, educators, and A.E.A. support personnel.  Requirements for graduation shall be met through the regular program when appropriate and/or in special classes as needed.  Special education includes programs for students with a variety of disabilities including intellectual, behavioral and learning disabilities.

RESOURCE STUDY SKILLS-.5 Credit Per Semester

Grades 9-10-11-12                              Year Long Course

Prerequisite:  Student must have a current I.E.P. and qualify for resource level support.

Study Skills is a class where students work on becoming a successful student.  Students are placed in this class based on the team decision.  Skills that are worked on in Study Skills class are aimed towards their goal areas, such as: reading, writing, math, and 21st Century Skills/Employability Skills. Other tasks that are taught are how to be a self-advocate, how to study for tests, note taking skills, organization, and grade and assignment monitoring.

TRANSITIONS-.5 Credit Per Semester

Grades 9-10-11-12                              Year Long Course

Transitions is a class where students work on becoming a successful student.  Students are placed in this class based on the team decision.  Skills that are worked on in Transitions class are aimed primarily towards their behavioral goal areas and also addresses tasks, such as: following directions, accepting feedback, being on time and prepared for class.  Academics may also be addressed in this class.  Other tasks that are taught are how to be a self-advocate, how to study for tests, note taking skills, organization, grades, career planning, and assignment monitoring.

ADAPTIVE PE-.5 Credit

Grades 9-10-11-12                                    One Semester Course

Prerequisite:  Individual Education Plan (IEP); Approval from Administrator

This program is designed to provide students with special needs a physical education class where the student feels comfortable participating.  Activities are designed to fit the needs and ability of each student.  We work on improving hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, body coordination and strength, which will be emphasized through indoor and outdoor activities.